In this month’s edition of Map Mavin Methods, we’ll take a brief look at how our satellite imagery search tool, Image Hunter, can be used in tandem with Map Mavin.
As many of you may already be aware, Apollo Mapping focuses on two primary areas of service – the sale of satellite imagery (including through our imagery search engine, Image Hunter) and the ability to store and create maps and geospatial data in our online GIS Cloud, Map Mavin. Though we generally keep the two services separate in terms of operations, there are several uses and hacks of Image Hunter that can feed neatly into your existing Map Mavin account.
Creating Polygons With Image Hunter
Though we recommend using a full GIS service such as ArcGIS or QGIS to perform more complex geospatial tasks, Image Hunter does allow users to create simple polygons over a given area through a basic drawing tool. Additionally, users can upload existing Areas of Interest (AOIs) to Image Hunter and then edit them click-by-click. Once a user has created their desired shape, Image Hunter allows them to download the file as a .shp or KMZ. These newly created polygons can then be seamlessly uploaded to Map Mavin.
Converting .SHP and KML/KMZs With Image Hunter
This simple hack can save a user much more time that it would take to complete the same conversion in a program such as ArcGIS or QGIS. Already have a .shp file but want to transform it into a KML/KMZ or vice versa? Simply upload the file to Image Hunter, click the download button and choose to download the file in the alternate format. The newly created .shp or KML/KMZ can be uploaded straight into Map Mavin. Please Note: if uploading first from .shp format, be sure that your file is in a Geographic WGS 84 projection.
Purchasing Imagery to be Used in Map Mavin
Perhaps too obvious, but we sell satellite imagery! We offer imagery at a wide range of prices and resolutions to fit the needs and budgets of your mapping projects. Our imagery is deliverable in GeoTIFF format, which can then be imported straight to your Map Mavin account. Whala!
So there you have it, a couple of quick tricks to get around the often tedious process of opening up desktop GIS software just to accomplish simple tasks.
If you have questions about Image Hunter or Map Mavin, please do not hesitate to reach out to Fletcher at [email protected] or (970) 710-0909.